Dirt Road

James Kel­man

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Cat­a­pult Soft­cover $16.95 (352pp) 978-1-936787-50-0

South­ern mu­sic and keen ob­ser­va­tions move the teenage pro­tag­o­nist to­ward adult­hood in this thought­ful book.

James Kel­man’s Dirt Road is the story of a tal­ented but self-con­scious teenager who is just be­gin­ning to grap­ple with adult re­al­i­ties.

Six­teen-year-old Murdo and his fa­ther, Tom, are emo­tion­ally stunned by the re­cent deaths of Murdo’s mother and sis­ter. They leave their na­tive Scot­land to visit rel­a­tives in the south­ern United States. Along the way, a chance en­counter with a fam­ily of zy­deco mu­si­cians sparks a con­nec­tion be­tween Murdo’s bud­ding but un­de­vel­oped mu­si­cal tal­ent and a richly-spiced stew of south­ern Amer­i­can folk mu­sic—a con­nec­tion that may help him to bridge the gap be­tween cul­tures, as well as the one be­tween youth and adult­hood.

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